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Chapter 11. Why People Don’t Plan > Social Taboos and Enviromental Blocks

Social Taboos and Enviromental Blocks

Social taboos keep Ramon from walking around in his underwear when his air-conditioner breaks down. Environmental blocks keep him from taking advantage of opportunities that exist outside of his own restricted life space. He’s afraid of venturing into different environments, whether in small towns, big cities, little companies, large corporations, or foreign countries.

Traditions, social customs, and regional folklore often keep Ramon from adapting to the changing nature of the world around him. He can’t plan for the future because he’s unable—or unwilling—to adapt to new surroundings or to accept new standards of behavior. He often responds to new cultures or environments by saying, “That’s not the way I do things,” or, “That’s not the way I’ve been brought up.”


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